July 15, 2007
Call to Worship
(Photo taken in Feb. 2007 at the Welcome Class Valentine's Dinner at Friends Fellowship)
Memories; God's Blessings
God gave us a brain, although some might question that for some of us. But never the less, our brain is like a computer with unlimited memories, and the ability to think about all the knowledge and information in our world. What is stored up there is amazing.
Who can remember dinner two weeks ago Monday? Probably not many of us because that's really insignificant. Take Ron's sermon last Sunday, not so insignificant, but who can remember what he talked about (the Beatitudes). Even though we might not remember exactly what he said, the message is still our minds.
God blesses us with many gifts everyday. Too many to count or mention. We should think about how we can "remember" to thank God for his many, many blessings, and for watching over us.
Another memory that many of us will have is
Dr. Chopra. One of our community's fine doctors who passed away last
week. And I would like to mention we will also miss Drs. Brandon and Pam
Connerly who are going to be leaving our community later this fall
This is a prayer that Dr. Chopra wrote
July 1, 2007 Stewardship Moment
by Bill Sipe
(Photo of Bill and Linda Sipe taken during a Bread for the World meeting in 2005 when Bill wrote one of his first letters to a legislator in Washington DC)
This is my first day off Stewardship and
Finance Committee. I'd like to thank Marcia, Ron, Pam and Diana for all
their help with this committee. Thanks to all S & F Committee members
who served with me.
The computer program has made it much easier to keep track of our finances and to print the information for everyone at monthly meeting each month. Thanks to all committees for their efforts to have a workable budget.
And I would like to thank all of you...
If you have:
Brought someone to church;
Invited someone to church;
Greeted someone at church;
Phoned someone for encouragement;
Visited a new member;
Visited someone unable to attend church;
Visited someone in the hospital;
Visited someone in a nursing home;
You sent a card;
Mowed the church's lawn;
Mowed someone else's lawn;
Shoveled snow off the church's sidewalk...
Or someone else's sidewalk or drive;
Cleaned snow off the parking lot;
Washed a car;
Donated to the food pantry;
Worked at a rummage sale;
Bought items at a rummage sale;
Have served or are now serving on a committee;
Have been worship leader;
Given a devotion;
Taught a Sunday School class;
Taught Junior church;
Given a children's talk;
Worked in the church's office;
Maybe you have:
Performed in a play;
Given a message from the pulpit;
Led the singing;
Played the piano;
Played the organ;
Given an advent talk;
Given a special or Celebration of the Arts;
Sang in the choir;
Read your Bible through in a year or just read your Bible;
Participated in Pennies from Heaven or Shareholders of Shalom;
Read a book for the Book Discussion Group;
Prepared seeds for planting in the Compassion Garden;
Weeded the garden;
Helped prepare a meal;
Helped clean the church and grounds;
Worked on the church;
Unlock the church;
Locked the church;
Taken sound tapes to those unable to attend;
Run the sound system;
Taken up the offering;
Given to the offering;
Given a report;
Taken minutes at a meeting;
Hosted a meeting;
Clerked a meeting;
Driven youth to camp;
Went to camp;
Driven someone to an appointment;
Worked on the Website;
Attended Yearly Meeting;
Attended Quarterly Meeting;
Attended Monthly Meeting;
Written a letter to your Senator or Congressman;
Worked at the Mardi Gras;
Given a testimony;
Given condolences for a lost loved one;
Prayed earnestly for your fellowman;
Or maybe you just listened.
Stewardship is working for the betterment of our church, our community, our country and our world and to do our Lord's will.
Bill Sipe, Stewardship Moment
July 1, 2007
June 3, 2007 Call to Worship by Linda Sipe
(Photo of Linda Sipe from Valentine's Party in Feb. 2006)
Do you ever think
about or plan what your dream house would look like?
Lindsey Garza April 22, 2007
(Photo taken of Lindsey with her Grandmother, Marcella Bolinger McHolland at the Mother-Daughter Banquet in May 2007)
How many of you recycle on a daily basis?
On April 22nd my grandpa would have been 84 yrs old. One of my fondest and humorous memories of my grandpa was him and his relationship with the trash. You would have had to know that when my grandma spotted something or some things that she did not need she would throw them away. I'm pretty sure that she still does this habit to this day. She would go out in the barn or garage look around see something that had been there awhile and throw it away. Some days it wasn't just one thing. I think she knew that the next day was trash day. The next morning my dad and my grandpa would open the lid of the garbage can and see all those "lost treasure" and wondered how they got there, knowing my grandma was just having a thrill throwing that trash away. By the time those two guy were done there wouldn't be any trash left to go down the lane. My dad has learned quite quickly to hide his "lost treasures" from my mom and my grandma. When I looked at my grandpa's rummaging through the trash, he was actually recycling. When you think about the word recycle its followed by the reduce and reuse. I started to realize that reduce, reuse, and recycle can be observed in our Christian life.
sometimes we have to reduce the amount of talking and asking we do to God and start listening for his presence and guidance.
you have to reuse those lessons that he shows and tells us through the bible and by word of mouth, to others whether to friends, family or someone in need
Recycling the love that God displays to us through loving and helping others
Thank you lord for giving us the ability to be stewards of the earth you created and guide us through you wisdom and love. Amen!